As a recovering overachiever who has spent most of my career in fast-paced tech companies building products and teams, I lived my life chasing external validation, convincing myself that true happiness would accompany the next accomplishment.
The harder I pushed, the more I began to feel less "me", pretending to be someone I wasn't. Outside, I looked successful, but inside, I was deeply dissatisfied and knew I didn't belong. The ladder I was climbing was leaning against the wrong wall.
Turning inward, I began to question the scaffolding of my identity that I had built over decades. With guidance and coaching, I gradually began seeing and understanding my beliefs - and their effects - more clearly. Every moment of insight brought more freedom, clarity, and connection with the "real" me.
From this newfound awareness, I rediscovered an innate ability we all have but too easily give away: the power to choose what we give meaning to. Paraphrasing Marcus Aurelius, the quality of our life depends on the quality of our thoughts.
These shifts have been so powerful for me that I've dedicated myself to a path of helping others clarify their thinking and live more consciously. I believe that when leaders welcome and express their fully authentic selves, they experience and radiate more love, meaning, and joy - and give others permission to do the same.